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12. Archaeologists believe that the first humans came to the new world from __________.

a. Asia


b. Australia


c. Europe


d. Africa



21. Which of the following is true of symbols?

a. They are rooted deeply in genetic structure.

 b. They are different for everyone.

 c. They cannot be easily identified

 d. They are arbitrary but meaningful units we use to represent reality


25. Value judgments concerning homosexuality are based on:

 a. genetics

 b. behavior

 c. anatomy

 d. culture

30. If someone came up to you and said, "oh, you see everything through rose-colored glasses," this might suggest to you that the person speaking agrees with the premises of:

 a. Noam Chomsky's transformational-generative grammar model

b. Derek Bickerton's creole-pidgin theory

 c. the Sapir-whorf hypothesis

 d. the linguistic field theory


38. The existence of a "joking relationship" (one in which interaction is typified by friendly teasing) between a man and his brothers-in-law would be explained by anthropologist Radcliffe-Brown as:

 a. a structured relationship whose function is to reduce potential hostility

 b. evidence for cultural influences on individual personality

 c. an example of the importance of cultural relativism in kinship roles

 d. the basis for materialistic behavior


42. Clearly defined norms of a society that provides punishment when violated through the application of formal sanctions by a ruling authority are called:

 a. internalized norms

b. ethos

 c. laws

 d. taboos

45. Full-time religious specialists who serve in an official capacity as the custodians of sacred knowledge are:

a. Shamans

b. Myth-holders

 c. Priests and priestesses

d. Ritual retainers

50. Negative reciprocity most likely occurs between:

a. friends in modern, westernized societies

b. people of the opposite sex

 c. people who differ in age and status

 d. strangers and enemies

64. According to anthropologist, Robert Carneiro, the objective of many chiefs was to:

a. increase the extent of their territory in order to control the surplus production of surrounding communities

b. maintain the peace with their neighbors in order to avoid armed conflict

 c. become full-time religious leaders and use impressive rites and rituals to prove they were gods

d. disencumber themselves of material possessions and incur debts of personal obligations from their followers through potlatch-like ceremonies


72. There are about three million native-born Japanese who are descendants of people who worked in the leather-tanning business. These individuals, even though they are physically indistinguishable from other Japanese, have the lowest status in japan and are confined to ghetto areas. They are known as:

a. burakumin or eta

b. samurai

c. ninja

d. degradus

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